Worried about how exactly to clean around your home and at the office to help stop the spread of the coronavirus? We can share with you some tips and strategies to help you get the peace of mind you need when cleaning and disinfecting this year. Washing your hands is one of the best things you can do to help stop the spread, but there are plenty of other things you can do when it comes to cleaning areas around you. Let’s look at some tips and strategies!
It helps to start with the right cleaning equipment. This means getting your hands on a bleach solution that is strong enough to tackle the coronavirus. The CDC recommends a solution of 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. You can read more about that here. If you have a pre-mixed household bleach solution cleaner like a Clorox sprayable bleach cleaner, you can check and see if it meets the minimum standards set by the CDC for strength regarding the coronavirus. There is a searchable list that you can use to look up your particular cleaning products found here.
Before cleaning any surfaces or objects around you, first wash your hands thoroughly and then put on a pair of nitrile or latex protective gloves. It doesn’t hurt to also put on a protective mask to help you limit any spread of airborne ejecta which may re-infect surfaces unbeknownst to you. Discard gloves after cleaning.
This may sound like it is a redundancy, but it is not. When you start the disinfection process, make sure that all of the surfaces and areas you want to disinfect are clean of debris, smudges, and other dirt and buildup. Make sure that everything is cleaned off and wiped down prior to the (vastly important) disinfectant stage. Once everything has been cleaned off, it’s time to take your bleach solutions (or approved household cleaner) and get to work. You should apply a thin layer of bleach solution either by using a washcloth or towel or by spraying via a spray bottle. Let that solution sit on all surfaces for at least one to five minutes in order to let the bleach do its job. Then wipe down with paper towels or a dry towel.
We touch them every day and they are just as important, if not more important to disinfect than a doorknob or refrigerator door handle, but they are harder to disinfect with a watery bleach solution because it may damage the electronic circuitry within. The CDC recommends disinfecting electronics using a strong (70% solution or higher) alcohol cleaner for safely disinfecting high traffic and hard to clean electronic devices like computer mice, electronic keypads like on an alarm system or thermostat, game console controllers, television remote controls, and cellular phones. Dry electronics thoroughly with a paper towel or a blow dryer on low heat.
We hope these guidelines can help you and your family stay safe and worry free during these unparalleled times. As always, you can reach out to us for all of your commercial cleaning needs and questions.